When he was a young boy in the 1940s, Dean Wilber helped at sugarhouses owned by a cousin, two uncles and his grandfather. Maple sugaring has been in his blood ever since.

The Wilber family has been making maple syrup here at Mapletree Farm since 1975. We started with 110 taps and a 2′ x 6′ evaporator. Since then the operation has grown to include neighborhood trees up and down Oak Hill Road, a larger sugarhouse and a 3′ x 9′ super efficient wood-fired evaporator.

The old apple orchard up back has been converted to a growing maple orchard. Some of the pencil-sized maple whips that were planted in 1981-82 are now 12″ to 18″ in diameter and over 45 feet tall. The orchard was planted so that future generations may continue to enjoy what has become a Wilber family springtime tradition.

Wildlife Seen at Mapletree Farm

  • Barred Owl
  • Beaver
  • Black Bear
  • Bobcat
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Coyote
  • Deer
  • Eagle
  • Ermine
  • Fisher
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Gray Fox
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Mink
  • Moose
  • Opossum
  • Painted Turtle
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Porcupine
  • Raccoon
  • Red Fox
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Skunk
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Snowy Owl
  • Turkey
  • Weasel
  • Wilber
  • Woodchuck
  • Woodcock

Bushes and Trees of Interest at Mapletree Farm

  • Alder
  • Apple
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Black Birch
  • Blueberry
  • Bronze Maple
  • Cedar
  • Cherry
  • Gray Birch
  • Hemlock
  • Hickory
  • Juniper
  • Poplar
  • Red Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Scotch Pine
  • Spruce
  • Sugar Maple
  • White Birch
  • White Maple
  • White Oak
  • White Pine
  • Yellow Birch
  • Yellow Pine

Did You See the Smile Rock?

There is a rock in the terraced area to the left as you face the sugarhouse. In the Spring and Summer, it is surrounded by flowers. In the Fall it may have maple leaves scattered around it, and, in the winter a nice blanket of snow. No matter the season, the rock bares a simple message – “Smile.”

Why is it there you may wonder? In 2017 we lost Meg Wilber. Many of you may remember Meg from your visits to Mapletree Farm. She was the calm, soft-spoken woman with the warm welcoming smile. The Smile rock is a way to not only remember Meg, but to welcome you to Mapletree Farm.

If you didn’t know Meg, still look for the rock and feel free to Smile. You’ll be glad you did.